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    1. Find S20 for each arithmetic series listed below. A) 70 + 66 + 62 + 58 ...
      B) 3 + 9 + 15 + 21...
      C) 9 + 16 + 23 ...
      D) 3 + 2.5 + 2 + 1.5 ...

    Determine S20 for the arithmetic series with properties listed below. A) a = 2x and d = 5x ,
    B) t14= 46, and t19= 100
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    Quote Originally Posted by euclid2 View Post
    1. Find S20 for each arithmetic series listed below. A) 70 + 66 + 62 + 58 ...
      B) 3 + 9 + 15 + 21...
      C) 9 + 16 + 23 ...
      D) 3 + 2.5 + 2 + 1.5 ...

    Determine S20 for the arithmetic series with properties listed below. A) a = 2x and d = 5x ,
    B) t14= 46, and t19= 100
    recall the definition of an arithmetic series. these problems are pretty standard once you have that.

    an arithmetic series is one in which the terms are given by the formula

    $\displaystyle a_n = a_1 + (n - 1)d$

    where $\displaystyle a_n$ is the $\displaystyle n$th term, $\displaystyle a_1$ is the first term, $\displaystyle d = a_2 - a_1 = a_3 - a_2 = ....$ is the common difference, and $\displaystyle n \ge 1$ is an integer

    the sum of the first $\displaystyle n$ terms, denoted by $\displaystyle S_n$ is given by

    $\displaystyle S_n = \frac {n(a_1 + a_n)}2 = \frac {n[2a_1 + (n - 1)d]}2$

    thus, to find $\displaystyle S_{20}$ we use

    $\displaystyle S_{20} = \frac {20(2a_1 + 19d)}2$

    you should be able to determine $\displaystyle a_1$ and $\displaystyle d$ on your own for these problems
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